Saturday, August 15, 2015

Not So Fabulous: Staff Trashes Latest Adele Chang Design

If you push the white buttons on the right, does it rewind the tape and play a tune?

Well, it would appear that the CETT Circus will be back in town this coming Thursday evening, and the Planning Commission will once again be treated to another exciting new One Carter creation of the most exotic originality and design.

Think of it as our city's very own equivalent of Crazy Relative Syndrome (CRS). These people come to visit us every once in a while whether we want them here or not, create a lot of unnecessary drama and stress while they're in town, and then leave in a mad howling rush of stink eye, barking lawyers, legal actions and other highly unpleasant things. Charmers all, and yes, you'd best count the silver.

It is obvious that the Planning Commission will be given another fine, if somewhat eccentric, performance. CETT never disappoints.

Thanks to the miracle known as cut & paste, we have been able to provide you with the above picture of the latest CETT attempt at whatever it is they think they're doing at One Carter. I would say "doing to One Carter," but they never seem to get that far.

This is how the City Hall tees the puppy up:


Now normally we would expound upon this ourselves, because that is pretty much what is done on this blog. We're expounders. And in the past that was all on us because if we didn't do it, then who in the world would? However, things have changed so much in town over the last year or so that we won't have to do that today. Instead, we can allow City Staff to do the heavy lifting for us.

Yes, I am struggling with this cultural sea change. But here is how Leticia Cardoso (voted 2014's "Tattler City Hall Employee of the Year") lays into this odd barking dog of a design. And this most certainly is yet another stellar creation from the fabulous Adele Chang, as repeatedly employed by the insistently clueless overseas developer known as CETT.


Ouch.

Quick question. Did the patient live?

More Comedy

Here is another piquant tidbit from Ms. Cardoso's staff report on this kooky LULU ("Locally Unwanted Land Use").


Sapphos Environmental is a company that apparently concerns itself with aesthetics of design as they relate to community architectural and historic standards. Or, as the staff report states, they're a "cultural resources consultant." Which means, at least in my somewhat jaded worldview, they gamely attempt to create credible narratives to back up the sorts of dubious ploys often employed by the likes of CETT and their world renowned architect, Adele Chang

For a fee, of course. We are talking about a consultant here after all.

That said, can anyone here explain to me how anyone could possibly claim that the building pictured below has no design conflicts with whatever it is that's shown at the top of this page?


I'm not sure there is much more we need to say. Good night nurse.

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58 comments:

  1. How are the plans for the Gem Coin Castle coming?

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  2. Here we go again

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    1. And again, and again. CETT owns the place, and they must be getting some kind of advantage in stalling.

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    2. Sapphos has approved everything that CETT has submitted.

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    3. Who owns it? CETT or Lorenzo and Tammy Yih?

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    4. Good question. Hard to say, right?

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    5. I just tried to find out through the Assessor's office, the address that somebody poste a few days ago:
      http://maps.assessor.lacounty.gov/GVH_2_2/Index.html?configBase=http://maps.assessor.lacounty.gov/Geocortex/Essentials/REST/sites/PAIS/viewers/PAIS_hv/virtualdirectory/Resources/Config/Default

      There was no result for 11 Nathaniel Terrace.

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  3. Obviously CETT, McDonald and Chang heard nothing the Planning Commission told them last time.

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    1. Why can't they just do the right thing? They're getting the property at fire sale rates. Why the stupid greed and in your face ugly designs?

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    2. I agree 9:46. Don't they realize they could turn a profit on some 3 bedroom 2 bath homes, designed to fit in rather than stick out? Those homes would sell.

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    3. The target market is not interested in "fitting in." That's not the point.

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    4. 2 baths? 2? You're way too old school.

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    5. 8:32, the planning commission approved their last one. The city council overturned it.

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    6. 12:27, right.
      Huh.

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  4. Chang isn't going to change her style, she's lately adopted this approach on her own home
    http://www.bonomodev.com/projects/11

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    1. If Chang is applying for the owners, it may be that her associated development firm, Bonomo Development, is going to build this as well, hence her interest in getting this style and scale put onto the property. That's what they build, not traditional styles.

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    2. Tin house, tin ear.

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  5. After watching all of the EXPLOSIVE problems going on in China it makes me question lots of issues that I'm assured no one looks into or demands in regards to saftey and dare I say a nasty word "immigration " I've driven by some of these construction sites wondering how many of the guys building these mega-structures are working for their own livelihood or working off a debt to some safe house owner ... Indentured servitude isn't just a south of the border problem.
    I'm off to the park to find a couple of day laborers to help build my Pergola ... Oh snap !
    In doing this project will I call out the SWAT team ,the permit police ,and require an emergency city council meeting ?
    If no one really enforces standards or proves they're enforced why should any one care about my Pergola ... I'll take my chances living dangerously.

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  6. I don't understand the applicant's decision. Staff told the applicant the design wasn't right, and the applicant said.... I don't care what your rules say, I'm going before the planning commission anyway?

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    1. Staff let them have it right between the eyes. They had it coming.

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    2. Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for developers - get in front of a commission and wear them down. If that doesn't work, appeal to your buddies on City Council.

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    3. And these folks are in the middle of suing the city.

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    4. They're just tons of fun all around.

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  7. I managed to get up to the property in question-great view, small lot for this size house. There is no compromise with this women. People walking among the story sticks or whatever they're called, looked like midgets, sorry, height impaired. Again, I ask, if they're suing the city, how can they build anything? Haven't seen Adele for awhile, can hardly wait. By the way, isn't the PC meeting on Thursday? Take the time to be there.

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    1. Yep, Thursday the 20th. Same night as the Special Neighbor Hustle at the monastery. That kicks off at 6, the planning commission at 7. But there is another item at the commission before this one.

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    2. The Planning Commissioners want and need the support from the community. Often the community brings up additional negatives.

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    3. It's a double-header for preservationists.

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  8. Thank you Leticia

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    1. Leticia is wonderful.

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    2. An honest person who tries to help them.
      Can't believe they wouldn't accept her guidance.

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    3. It shouldn't count against her that she is so well thought of in the slow growth community.
      Ms. Cardoso will implement the laws on the books, and that's it.
      It's up to us to make sure the laws reflect the will of the majority of the residents. And right now, they do.

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    4. Seems to me 11:03A Adele was admonished by the PC fpr not having the correct plants and their names, etc. on the last fiasco.

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    5. You're right 1:03. I can't remember the specifics, but Chang laid the blame elsewhere.

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  9. I see Adele didn't do any plants, etc. in her rendering. Didn't she have to do that on the last house? Or is she going to say because of the drought they are not adding plants? When I look at this house, I see Camillo all over again. When it gets to CC will the three men look at the fees they might be getting or will they follow the rules? Should be the highlight of my late summer and fall, maybe even spring and next summer.

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    1. The plant palette is established and the same thing each time. If you look at any of the staff reports/applications for anything CETT has done (are we on number 5? 6?), you'll see charts and lists of what they are going to use and it's all taken from the requirements that the city established.
      That part of the process they are willing to follow. The houses', size, bulk, design, no.

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  10. That thing looks like space debris that plopped down.

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  11. Ah Tattler, thanks for the good laugh - "mad howling rush of stink eye, barking lawyers, legal actions" - true, no one can top Ms. Chang in the stink eye department.

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  12. Any of the previous designs would be better than this modern box.
    They just needed to be smaller, and more cleverly designed to hide their mass.

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    1. The last proposal-Santa Barbara style-was boring. It looks like she got the plans off the net. Isn't that what an architect did in Arcadia? Leticia is a gem. Why is she still doing all the work? Shouldn't the new leader of whatever new name his dept. has be doing a lot more?

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    2. Oh I seriously doubt that Gonzolez will be touching anything about Carter.

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  13. Where is the anglr plane setback for the 2 nd floor?

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    1. Is it required in the HMZ?

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  14. 9:46 am is correct, if only the city would allow them to re configure the lot lines without charge or being out of compliance.
    11:10 am I disagree. I like this design; the mass can be moved over or shifted back in order to meet standards.
    Each of us will have a different view on what is pleasing. This does look like the Willis home, only more of a 2015 design. Eventually homes will be built on hillside.

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    1. 1:18, how does this concrete box fit in with the natural environment?

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    2. It doesn't. It looks like a storage locker.

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    3. Yes, houses will be built. But lets make sure they are worth one of the last open spaces in Sierra Madre's hillsides.

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    4. The house, anywhere else, would be fine. There is very little room to shift this house anywhere. The lot appears big, but most of it is slope. This house fits right on the pad and has little or no yard area. Just because the lot says it's whatever amount of feet doesn't mean the buildible space is big. I agree, no one will agree on what is nice looking and not nice looking. That being said, it should reflect the houses in the area. And everybody knows that houses will be built. Those houses do not have to be built for the greed and avarice of others. I'm not sure if they even asked to reconfigure the lot pads. They want the money and nothing else.

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    5. It looks like a climate controlled bunker from Mars.

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    6. 5:16, "buildable area" is the key.

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    7. Yea I hate how she decides what is news worthy! How does that fly this day and age and why!!!!? Outrageous garbage for sure.

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    8. 1:18 P.M. Could you explain why it's a good thing to destroy everything ?
      Because your taste is all in your mouth and basically an act of "I'm the King of the Bourgeoisie" see I'm on top of the world !
      Seriously ,go down on Rosemead Blvd.and check out the drive thru Starbucks It's basically the miniature version of the bourgeoisie behemoth you think is an architectural masterpiece .
      You do realize that bigger,better,faster,or the most expensive doesn't buy you status or praise from the majority of people here ... Those people that work for the city,realtors,and developers that will and do tell you everything you want to hear because they're basically car salesman and liars looking to take your money because you can't divorce yourself from all the hype and compliments they bestow upon The Little King wanting a hill top kingdom of his own.
      Your ideas been done try for ORIGINALITY and do it some place else.

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  15. Dontcha think the local newspaper would run something about the PC this Thursday and what it's about? There is little or no news to read in that rag. I know things are going on around town. Aren't there any real reporters? I mean, can't they call schools or local businesses and ask if there's any news? Do you have to pay for an ad week after week to get coverage? Only 2 reports on the police blotter? Really? We need a police dept. for that? It's worse if that's the only info the police dept. gives, but a reporter could ask for more news. Geez, this town is a mess!

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    1. You're having an exposure to Henderson hangover.

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    2. Far more news gets suppressed than covered in that paper. Sad to think our tax dollars keep it in business.

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  16. Its super depressing to see this town turning into everything I thought I was escaping by overpaying to live here. Disgusting that we can't just let things be as they are and honor sacred land ban monstrosities and offensive way of life.

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  17. Has anybody looked at the Zillow prices in Sierra Madre lately? I see MILLION-DOLLAR CONDOS as well as lots of homes heading for $2 million. Priced for the suckers trolling So Cal real estate from Beijing.

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